Inside the training room in the Brooklyn Park Police Department, eight men are learning new moves.
It's defensive tactics week, where new police officers are spending ten hours a day learning how to properly restrain, subdue and handcuff a suspect. More than 150 men and women applied for a spot in the department. Only eight made the cut.
"They're the cream of the crop of the applicants we had," said Training Officer Kent Nielsen.
Officer Nielsen has been with the Brooklyn Park Police Department for more than 20 years. He says a successful officer has certain qualities.
"They need to be intelligent, they need to have common sense," he said. "They need to be able to communicate."
The recruits have diverse backgrounds. Two have military experience, while one has a law degree. Four have held other jobs in the law enforcement field.
"I like the style of the department," said Anthony Buckley. "I like where the department's going, I like the philosophy of the department."
Buckley interned with Brooklyn Park Police in 2009. After four years in the National Guard, he's back and ready to wear the badge. He wants residents to see that there's more to a police officer than just his job of enforcing the law.
"We actually care about the community, we care about the residents of the community," Buckley said.
But before all that, these men must first make it through the training. And that is no easy task. When the recruits finish their six-week academy, they'll spend an additional four months out in the field with a field training officer. That's when they'll put all the skills they learned in the training room to use.
By early summer, the recruits will be full-fledged officers. They'll join 101 others in the department keeping the peace around town.
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